I need to make a few changes. First is the physical as I've truly neglected this part of myself. I've got to be more conscience of my eating especially since my knees have made exercise a challenge. "Eat to Live, not Live to Eat." I will find ways to gently move more and change my mindset from diet equals deprivation to a more positive point of view and enjoy the planning of healthy fresh eating. It is a matter of treating my body like the temple that it is.
Then there is the issue of TIME (oh little word, I've failed you so far) How to balance everything. I feel lost right now on this one. Better planning each week, yet still allowing for spontaneity. Prioritizing by importance, instead of what is easiest or most fulfilling. I need to not procrastinate especially on the frogs. Just Do It Already -and find the pleasure and joy in even the most mundane and difficult.
On the topic of time, I will not let the "real" needs take over. I say "real" (although maybe tangible is a better word) loosely because I will refocus my mornings and NOT skimp on my quiet time with the Lord as this could certainly explain a lot of my current emotional unrest. This is truly the most "real" and important thing I can do. Matthew 6:33 reads "...but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." I need to rely less on me and more on Christ.
I will also keep moments available for creative endeavors. Art is my gift and such a place of solace. When I am creating, I am in a state of bliss. I will not let guilt creep into my personal and "unprofitable" art play like my time of art journaling and doodling. I need to remember that not every moment has to be productive in an obvious way.
I still want to get a class together. I really think I would be a very good art teacher/mentor. Oh balance, it is so difficult.
On a last artsy note, I bought a book "Go Dog Go" for a commissioned page (so excited to start working on it) but the book first sent was a small board book (the right book is on its way) so I've decided to make a Blessings/Inspiration focused art journal out of it. Perfect timing, don't you think? What better way to begin this refocussed attitude. There are no coincidences in life. I choose to see this little book mix-up as a gift and the first in many blessings I've been too distracted and stressed to notice. Ok Laurie, open your eyes and embrace your beautiful life! Well, I just think I will!
Music for the moment: